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Sixth Century Alania: between Byzantium, Sasanian Iran and the Turkic World

Sixth Century Alania: between Byzantium, Sasanian Iran and the Turkic World

By Agustí Alemany

Ēran ud Anērān: Studies presented to Boris Ilich Marshak on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday, edited by Compareti Matteo, Raffetta Paola and Scarcia Gianroberto (Venice, 2006) 

Abstract: This paper tries to collect and analyse all available evidence – mainly from Byzantine, Iranian and Arabic sources – on the role played by the Alans in the Byzantine-Persian Wars which took place during the long reign of Husrav Anosruvan (531-79). Special attention is paid to Sasanian army reforms and Caucasian politics in the early sixth century.

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